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Get on Up (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music | 1 August 2014 (USA)
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A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

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On route to the stage, singer James Brown recalls a life with a turbulent childhood where music was his only constructive release for his passions. A chance demonstration of that in prison led to a new friend who helped get him out and into a musical career. With his fire and creative daring, Brown became a star who defiantly created new possibilities in show business both on and behind the stage in face of racism and conventional thinking. Along the way, James would also become a peacemaker who redefined and raised the African-American community's feeling of self-worth when it was needed most. However, those same domineering passions would lead James Brown alienating everyone around him as his appetites became ever more self-destructive. Only after he hit rock bottom with a serious mistake does Brown realize what he needs to do make his life as the Godfather of Soul truly worthwhile. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The Funk don't Quit

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations | See all certifications »

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Get on Up: Príbeh Jamese Browna  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,585,915 (USA) (1 August 2014)

Gross:

$30,513,940 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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Trivia

Mario J. Radford, who played a chauffeur, is a substitute teacher in Nicholaville, Kentucky. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of 1965, Ben gives James a chauffeur-driven black 1967 Cadillac. See more »

Quotes

James Brown: Are we done, Mr. Byrd?
Bobby Byrd: I'm afraid not, Mr. Brown.
James Brown: I say, are we done?
Bobby Byrd: I think we got more funk in the trunk.
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Connections

Featured in Film 2016: Episode dated 5 November 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Please, Please, Please (Live in Tampa)
Written by James Brown and Johnny Terry
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Republic Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Amazing Performance
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An eye opener for me. James Brown was one of the great innovators and leaders in American music and yet for many people he is a total unknown. Watching the movie one finds that his influence was immense on many of the musicians that followed him in all the many forms American music has evolved over the time, from rhythm and blues to rock and roll. It is fascinating look at the times from the post World War 2 period through the turmoil of the Civil Rights era. It is also a revelation about the music and the man. Amazing performance by Chadwick Boseman. The contrast between his portrayal of Jackie Robinson in 42 and this shows a great strength in acting ability. It is a truly Oscar worthy performance in and of itself. Hats off to Mick Jagger for producing this movie.


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